Consultation on Post-16 Transport Charges

Closed 19 Oct 2017

Opened 21 Sep 2017


West Sussex County Council is consulting on an increase to the charges we make to travel on transport arranged for post-16 students.

The proposals will help to bring the charge in line with the cost of contract coach places and the price of an equivalent journey on public transport.

The proposed changes are as follows:

Proposal 1:

The Concessionary Seat charge for Sixth Form students to travel on a contract coach should be related to the average coach costs and the cost of bus fares.

From September 2018 we are proposing to raise the charge from £427 to £600. This will bring the charge in line with coach costs and bus fares.

Proposal 2:

The transport charge for post-16 students with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) should continue to be the same as Sixth Form students pay for a Concessionary Seat.

This cost is related to the average coach cost and the cost of bus fares. From September 2018 we are proposing to raise the charge from £427 to £600.

Who do these proposals affect?

Most students walk, cycle or pay for their own travel to school/college and are not affected by these proposals.

In 2016/17 nearly 375 post-16 students travelled to school/college on transport organised by the County Council. The students affected by these proposals are the 325 students who currently pay £427 for this transport, or would expect to do so in the future.

Students with SEND (approximately 50) who do not pay the post-16 transport charge because of a low family income will not be affected by these proposals.

A bursary is available for students from families on a low income to help with education costs, including transport. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is open to all students, whether they have SEND or not, and is administered by each college or school.

For further information, please see the Background Document for the Consultation on Post-16 Transport Charges


Why We Are Consulting

This consultation will help us to understand the views and priorities people have about the proposed changes to post-16 transport charges, and to inform our decisions in the future.

Please have your say by completing our online survey below.


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